Life after gallbladder removal will be much different from the life you had before it. Gallbladder is an important organ, and if it is removed, the body will go through considerable changes. To avoid problems, you will have to make certain moderations to your diet and your life style in general. Gallbladder removal is sometimes the only way to solve the problems with gallbladder.

Gallbladder is located near the liver. Its role is to store bile and to help in digestion process. Bile is necessary for digesting various foods, and gallbladder controls the release of bile. If the gallbladder is removed, there will be no organ to control bile excretion, so you will have to be careful with your diet.

Life after Gallbladder Removal

The best advice on what to do after gallbladder surgery will come from your doctor. We are here to tell you what to expect after the surgery. We will also tell you more about foods to avoid after the gallbladder removal.

Some patients can experience side effects after the surgery. These side effects are not very common, but they are possible and you should know more about them. You can experience nausea, constipation, digestion problems, inability to process certain foods, diarrhea, cramps, gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort, heartburn, bile stones, difficulty breathing, etc. If you experience any of these side effects, you should visit your doctor.

You must be ready to make some considerable changes in diet, especially during the first couple of weeks. Keep in mind that some of the side effects can last for months after the gallbladder removal.

You will have to stop consuming certain types of foods. You will have to drink enough water, and vegetables juices. These juices can be very helpful, but you should only consume natural juices, without any additives. Do not eat foods that are rich in fats, and avoid sugary foods. You will be able to consume sweet potatoes, but you will have to avoid foods with too much starch. You will be allowed to eat lean meat and fish. Fruits and vegetables should be included in your diet. Soups are also good to eat, but you should not eat soups that contain additives. Eggs, yogurt and other dairy products should be included, too. When it comes to oils and fats, you should be careful. Natural oils are OK to eat, but you should not exaggerate.

3 Comments on Life after Gallbladder Removal

  1. Julie says:

    I had my gall blader removed in April and after 17 years of chronic constipation/diarhea, I began to have daily, normal bowel movements. Yay! Sometimes they are urgent, don’t wait too long when you get the signal, but otherwise, able to eat most anything. I eat a healthy (low dairy, meat) diet most of the time.

    About 10 days ago, before a very stressful interview, I panicked and took Immodium to prevent an anxiety produced bathroom visit. (I had already been a couple of times and did not trust myself. 🙁 ) Since then, I was constipated (with awlful gas) for almost 6 days, and now, I have very loose stool and some diarhea. I really regret taking the Immodium and cannot figure out how to get back to where I was. Any ideas on how to correct this mistake? Also, are there other medications you should avoid after gall blader removal?

  2. floyd says:


    I would like to know if you have a list of what foods I can and cannot eat. My gallbladder was removed about 2-weeks. ago. I am having some problems with certain foods. I still get sick. Can you send me something that will direct me in the right way.

    Thank-You, floyd.

    • sara sskinca says:

      I would like to know if you have a list of what foods I can and cannot eat. My gallbladder will be remove. Also is it true that once they remove your gallbladder you can not control your urin? Can you send me something that will direct me in the right way.

      Thank-You, Sara

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